06:49 AM PST on Tuesday, November 23, 2010
By IMRAN GHORI
Two Rialto police officers have quit and four others have been disciplined following an internal investigation into allegations that officers had sex with strip club employees at a police union building.
Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said he had been pursuing the termination of the two officers believed to have engaged in sex while on duty, but they ended up resigning.
Kling called the scandal “an embarrassment” for the department and said he was angry.
“I simply do not tolerate nor will I accept any kind of misbehavior by my employees that is not conducive to professional law enforcement,” Kling said.
The department began the review after Nancy Holtgreve, a waitress at the Spearmint Rhino strip club, lodged a complaint in May with the Police Department.
Holtgreve, who filed a lawsuit against the city this month seeking $500,000 in damages, described officers engaging in group sex at the police union building with female employees from the club. She said one of the officers, James Dobbs, impregnated her and began harassing and abusing her after she had the baby and sought child support.
Dobbs quit the force Aug. 12, days after Holtgreve filed her initial claim with the city. The second officer, whose name was not released, quit Sept. 25, Kling said.
The four other officers disciplined were found not to have had sex while on duty, but to have violated other department policies, the police chief said.
“The punishment for these violations were severe and appropriate based on the department’s findings,” he said.
The review was completed Aug. 31 and formally closed last Thursday after a disciplinary review process ended.
Kling said he is confident the investigation identified all of those involved in any misconduct.
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